Apple TV 2nd Generation (2010) Teardown

Apple TV 2nd Generation (2010) Teardown

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the 2nd gen. Apple TV--released in 2010. See the hardware inside Apple's second attempt to put iTunes on your TV.

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  • The raised sensor on the right side of the PCB in this photo is the IR receiver for the Apple Remote.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • With the thermal pads, and two large EMI shields removed from the top of the PCB, we can see several of the 2nd generation Apple TV's main chips. The small EMI shield that covers the wireless chips appeared to be soldered to the small circuit board on which the chips were mounted. As I don't to damage any of the internal components, I'm going to leave the shield in place.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • The large chip on the left is an 8GB Toshiba NAND Flash module. The large chip of the right is the Apple A4 processor. The small chip beneath the processor bears the markings Apple 338S0891. The EMI shield covering the wireless chips has the markings 339S0134 LGA76-P USI 100903.

    Interestingly, there appears to be space on the PCB bellow the current NAND flash chip for a second one.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Wireless Antenna

    Thanks for the teardown, Bill. Where is the antenna for the 802.11 wireless? There appears to be a small circular connector on the wireless board but it looks like the thermal pad goes right over that. Is the antenna built into the main PCB?
    gregbakker
  • Case

    Is the outside case plastic or aluminum?
    gregbakker
  • Remote

    What are the interior component parts of the remote? the remote looks like the body is a single piece.
    wmcnary@...